There is beauty in rebellion. When I first started living my life for God, I felt the weight of shame from my past of rebellion. I hated myself and the sins of my past. It took a few years for me to begin to break free from this shame and begin to experience the beauty of rebellion. I’m praying that you will experience the beauty of rebellion and the freedom that comes through Christ. xoxo Joy
Rebellion: an act of open resistance to a ruler; the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention.
My past is full of rebellion against God.
I rebelled when I dated a guy I knew God clearly did not want me to date.
I rebelled against God every time I followed myself and my desires over his will.
I rebelled against God’s desire for sexual purity.
I rebelled against His constant pursuit of me and instead pushed God away.
During high school, constant rebellion created a time of sadness and brokenness in my life. Nothing was satisfying. I had moments from growing up in church that showed me glimpses of God. I spent a week every summer at a Church camp and I believe I did experience God each summer at that camp. Because of those little glimpses of His love, I knew my freshman year of college when I was date raped that God was the only answer to my heart ache. As I spent many nights in my dorm room crying out to God – He met me there. He found beauty in my rebellion. He took my brokenness and rebellion and created beauty.
Why do we rebel?
When we rebel against God, we think our ways are better than His. This period of rebellion can be a time of heart break, but that is exactly where one can find beauty. When we rebel against God and go our own ways, we will realize how unfulfilling the world is. I’m not suggesting we should all rebel against God. What I am saying is that if you have a past of rebellion, do not be ashamed or feel regret. Jesus sees beauty in rebellion because it can lead us back to Him.
When I stopped living in rebellion, and instead began to follow Jesus, I began to see the beauty. I was set free from the things that bound me: the desire to be loved by man, the approval of parents and friends and the shame of my past.
As believers, we no longer live in rebellion. We now live in redemption. We have been set free from our past. We have been made new.
There is no more shame in your past. Now, there is beauty.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 (NIV).
Through Jesus, you are a new creation.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21: 3-5 (NIV).
Through Jesus, all things will be made new. The tears that you experienced in your time of rebellion will be wiped from your eyes. The mourning you experienced from your rebellion will be no more.
Only through Jesus, will you fully experience the beauty of rebellion.
Questions to Ponder:
How have you rebelled against God? How have you followed your desires instead of God’s desires? How has God created beauty from your rebellion?
Find out how you can know God personally and experience beauty in rebellion.
Looking for another Bible passage on this topic, check out Isaiah 61.